Monster Cookies Mix #DessertsInJars

by Renee on December 20, 2012

Monster Cookies Mix | Magnolia Days

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? I haven’t. Christmas is in a few days and I still have to get gifts. I have to do other shopping too like getting groceries for the two family holiday dinners I’m hosting. Are you in a similar situation? The wonderful thing about Monster Cookies Mix is that you can get everything for it while your are at the grocery store. A one stop shop solution.

The cookies mix recipe came from a cookbook. Not just any cookbook, one that is all about Desserts in Jars. I had absolutely no clue what all could be done with jars until I got this book. I grew up thinking mason jars were for two things: canning and holding small things like screws, nuts, and bolts. Now I see all kinds of ways to use the jars for baking, serving, and for special presents.

Making the mix is easy. You can decorate the jar with your own homemade label or download one from the author’s website. I made my label with the help of my amazingly talented friend, Terry. I am craft challenged and could never have done it without her. Remember to include the instructions on how to make the cookies when you give it as a gift.

I have a suggestion for an awesome gift. Put the book and some jars or a Monster Cookie Mix in a basket and wrap with holiday gift cellophane. You can find the book at Target, World Market, or on Amazon. Click on the photo of the book to go to Amazon where you can order it online:

Or would you like to win a copy of the book? I am one of ten bloggers giving away a copy of Desserts In Jars. To enter to win from me all you have to do is to leave a comment letting me know which dessert you would like to see in a jar. A winner will be chosen using Random.org and notified by email. This giveaway is open to United States residents only. Contest closes December 26, 2012 at 11:59pm Eastern Time.

Want more chances to win? Be sure and stop by to see our bloggers this week and be sure to enter their give-away as well! That’s right, nine more chances to win a copy!

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Monster Cookies Mix

Makes 1 jar of cookie mix, to yield 24 large cookies

Monster Cookies Mix

    For the mix:
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup candy-coated chocolate candies or chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • To make monster cookies:
  • 3/4 cup smooth or chunky peanut butter (not natural)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

Mix together the granulated sugar, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Pour into a 1-quart Mason jar.

Top with a layer of half of the oats. Add the candies in a layer, and top with a layer of brown sugar. Top with a layer of the remaining oats and then a layer of walnuts. Seal with the lid, decorate the jar if you like, and attach a label with these instructions for the recipient:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and eggs in a bowl. Add the contents of this jar. Form the dough into 2-inch balls and set on cookie sheets 2 inches apart. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until the tops of the cookies begin to brown. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

Notes

Recipe © 2012 by Shaina Olmanson and used by permission of The Harvard Common Press.

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Jen @ Juanita's Cocina December 20, 2012 at 7:43 am

One of my favorite gifts to give! Gorgeous!

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Renee December 22, 2012 at 8:19 am

Thanks Jen!

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Family Foodie December 20, 2012 at 8:22 am

What a beautiful gift! A little birdie told me that beautiful mix may be headed to Florida! Is that true?

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Renee December 22, 2012 at 8:20 am

You never know Isabel…

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Cindys Recipes December 20, 2012 at 8:34 am

I admit when I saw “Monster Cookies” I had to check this out, Renee! lol great layered look!

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Renee December 22, 2012 at 8:21 am

Yes, monster cookies is quite a recipe name. It makes you think of great big giant cookies.

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Terry B Gardner (@tbgdesign) December 20, 2012 at 8:38 am

Thanks for the shout out…and can’t wait to try these. It’s so pretty I hate to use it.

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Renee December 22, 2012 at 8:21 am

You are welcome Terry. I always very much appreciate your help (and support too)!

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Susan December 20, 2012 at 9:20 am

This is gorgeous Renee! I love cookie mixes in jars! I think they are the perfect gift to give. That way, a little something from you and a little something they can make at home too! p.s. I use mason jars all the time, they are floating all over my kitchen. The perfect storing vessel.

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Renee December 22, 2012 at 8:23 am

I think it’s great to give a gift to someone that they can enjoy some homemade goodness. And the smell and taste of fresh baked cookies is a real treat.

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Deborah H. Bateman December 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Thanks for sharing this post. This looks very festive and they sound delicious as well. If you get a chance stop by my blog Recipe for Life and check out some of my family favorites.
Merry Christmas to you and yours,
Deborah H. Bateman-Author

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Renee December 22, 2012 at 8:24 am

And a very Merry Christmas to you too, Deborah.

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Sunithi December 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Looks good Renee ! Easy and simple to make. Lovely ! Will make some after Christmas I think to give as new year gifts !!

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Renee December 22, 2012 at 8:25 am

Oh fun! New Year’s gifts. I have never thought to do that.

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Shannon @VillageGirlBlog December 20, 2012 at 10:41 pm

What a pretty gift! I love mason jars so this is right up my alley. Thanks for sharing!

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Emily December 20, 2012 at 11:59 pm

I would like a recipe for brownies in a jar, do you know if there is one?

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Renee December 22, 2012 at 8:25 am

There is not a recipe for brownies in a jar in the cookbook. However, I’m sure after a quick search you could find one.

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen December 21, 2012 at 4:44 am

I´ve never made this type of gifts, and they are the easiest and most festive thing! Who wouldn´t like to get cookies in a jar? Gorgeous Renée!

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Renee December 22, 2012 at 8:26 am

Thank you Paula! I think a lot of people would be happy to get cookies in a jar for a gift.

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Heather @girlichef December 21, 2012 at 8:08 am

Getting a mix in a jar is seriously one of my favorite things – and the kids love it, too. Beautiful!

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Renee December 22, 2012 at 8:26 am

Thanks Heather!

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amy @ fearless homemaker December 21, 2012 at 8:43 am

I love both giving AND receiving gifts like this. So delicious! And the presentation is just lovely. Nicely done!

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Renee December 22, 2012 at 8:27 am

Thank you so much Amy! Nice compliment coming from someone who always does a fantastic job on the presentation in your photos.

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Brenda @ Meal Planning Magic December 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm

I used to make gifts like this–I need to remember to do that again as they were always so well received. I love all the foods in mini-jars, especially the cheesecakes in a jar. Fun giveaway!

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Renee December 22, 2012 at 8:28 am

Thank you Brenda! The good thing is this is something you can do all throughout the year as a gift for any occasion. Especially to foodies.

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Amanda Thompson December 21, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I would love to see Chocolate Cheesecake with Peppermint Sprinkles in a jar!

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Renee December 22, 2012 at 8:28 am

Oh! Nice suggestion for a dessert in a jar.

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Sandi McKenna December 21, 2012 at 7:36 pm

What a great gift idea!!! What would I like to see in a jar? I’m a fan of chocolate desserts … and all the better if it it could be served up in a jar!!

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Renee December 22, 2012 at 8:29 am

I’m with you on the chocolate desserts. I take them any way and in a jar would be so much fun.

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Lyn @LovelyPantry December 21, 2012 at 8:04 pm

I really love seeing gifts like these. How about carrot cake with cream cheese frosting in a jar? I don’t know why, but i’m feeling for that right now :-)

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Renee December 22, 2012 at 8:29 am

Oh yes! Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting would be lovely.

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Sarah December 21, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Isn’t this a great mix? I love this book!

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Cindy Brickley December 22, 2012 at 6:26 am

I would like to see a Strawberry shortcake or anything with Strawberries.
cjbrick@ymail.com

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Renee December 22, 2012 at 8:30 am

I’m a big fan of strawberries too. I love it when they are in season and I go get them fresh picked from the strawberry farm.

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Jan R December 22, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I would like to make some pies in jars.

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Shaina December 23, 2012 at 9:47 am

Thank you so much, Renee! I’m glad you’re enjoying the book!

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Renee December 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm

I really am very much enjoying the book. It is very inspiring as to what can be done with jars. Tasty recipes too.

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Carolsue December 24, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Eggnog Brownies or Blueberry Coffee Cake

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Renee December 26, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Both sound wonderful!

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Jeffrey December 24, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I’d like to see an apple crumble in a jar. It would probably have to be made with dehydrated fruit and would be fun to try to figure out!

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Renee December 26, 2012 at 12:01 pm

You can bake in glass jars so I’m sure you could use regular apples. There is a classic apple pie recipes in the book so an apple crumble would not be far off.

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Carmen December 26, 2012 at 9:52 pm

I want to find a good brownie-in-a-jar mix recipe so I don’t have to buy boxes anymore. Thanks for the chance to win!

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